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    A victory for the morning-after pill [W:107:233]

    A victory for the morning-after pill
    Opinion: A victory for the morning-after pill - CNN.com

    The fight started a year and a half ago, when apparently for the first time in history, the secretary of health and human services overruled a Food and Drug Administration decision. The FDA said Plan B should be sold the way aspirin is sold -- with no restrictions. The Obama administration wanted age limits; a coalition of reproductive rights groups sued the government, and on Monday, the Justice Department backed down and ended the legal wrangling
    Plan B is safe. Long before HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA, adults could buy it without a prescription. If you were 17 and could show identification proving your age, you could also buy the drug without a prescription. If you were 16 and younger, you needed one.
    This is not the way drugs are normally treated. Usually, there are prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Few fall into this prove-your-age category. Pseudoephedrine does, for instance, because people are concerned you might take it and make crystal meth. But the vast, vast majority of medications do not. To enact this kind of pre-authorization, you'd need a compelling reason.
    As the FDA conducted the review that informed its decision, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research specifically evaluated whether Plan B was safe and effective in younger girls, whether they understood its proper use, and whether they appreciated that it wouldn't protect them from sexually transmitted infections. The center found that girls did understand all of these points, and that's why it ruled that it could be sold to them without a prescription.
    This argument seems to be applied only to Plan B, and not any other drugs. For instance, in 2011, more than 117,000 calls were made to poison control centers for kids under the age of 5 because of exposure to pain medications. More than 44,000 calls were made for small children exposed to antihistamines. Even more calls were made for adults. These drugs cause thousands of problems a year, and sometimes even deaths. Yet no one thinks about making those medications harder to get.

    Im glad this nonsense is over, if it met the requirements of other drugs not restricted there was ZERO reason to restrict this one.
    The FDA assess danger and effectiveness etc. not morals.

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    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013...r-pill-ruling/
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/10/health...rol/index.html
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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    A victory for the morning-after pillThe FDA assess danger and effectiveness etc. not morals.
    I have mixed feelings on the subject.

    Seems like a blow to parental responsibility, but also a blow to government nanny-ism.

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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    I have mixed feelings on the subject.

    Seems like a blow to parental responsibility, but also a blow to government nanny-ism.
    could be either but many people have a different opinion and think this is being responsible. Not saying they are factually right just saying opinions vary.
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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    today, can children legally overrule the parents stance on vaccinations?

    this sees like a very similar issue

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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    I personally think it's a bad idea that a kid can't consent to her own dental work, or her own minor surgical procedure, but can take a drug, which is effective enough to prevent pregnancy, without parental consent.
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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    today, can children legally overrule the parents stance on vaccinations?

    this sees like a very similar issue
    are vaccinations deemed of the same safety as aspirin and plan b?
    then they arent similar at all.

    its about classification of the drug, FDA deemed it to be equal to aspirin in classification.
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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I personally think it's a bad idea that a kid can't consent to her own dental work, or her own minor surgical procedure, but can take a drug, which is effective enough to prevent pregnancy, without parental consent.
    there are teenage pimps smiling all over the world tonight

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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    there are teenage pimps smiling all over the world tonight
    And a gazillion young girls who are going to think that sex is no big deal.
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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    are vaccinations deemed of the same safety as aspirin and plan b?
    aspirin has a fair number of emergency's associated with its use in a typical year. Not sure how we compare, but I would say they are all extremely safe when used as directed.


    its about classification of the drug, FDA deemed it to be equal to aspirin in classification.
    any chance this decision is based on politics and not science?

    for instance, is cannabis controlled based on danger, or politics?

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    Re: A victory for the morning-after pill

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    1.) aspirin has a fair number of emergency's associated with its use in a typical year.
    2.)Not sure how we compare, but I would say they are all extremely safe when used as directed.
    3.)any chance this decision is based on politics and not science?
    4.) for instance, is cannabis controlled based on danger, or politics?
    1.) whats fair? by whos standards?
    2.) im not sure either but i would never compare getting a shot of vaccine to aspirin/plan b.
    Some vacs you have to be monitored for a while.
    3.) no, the fight against it was based on politics.

    the fda deemed it aspirin save and this is the first time government tried to go against the FDA.(this is in the article.)
    Obama is actually against this which doesnt fly with a "stereotypical" political argument

    4.) hmm good segue but i dont know if there is a factual answer to that. Has the FDA officially rulled one way or another? who ruled on alcohol? has the FDA ever?

    regardless i think those are argument to allow cannabis also not government limit plan b, what do you think?
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